ANTH lesson 7

ANTH lesson 7 - Lesson 7 Hello again. We will now be...

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Lesson 7 Hello again. We will now be approaching people who are more like ourselves. But, I think there are still lots of surprises that you are in for. These types of societies developed initially in Europe and have spread across the globe. They arose as the direct result of society becoming more complex, scientific knowledge growing, the development of metropolitan areas, and eventually the development and growth of industry. Also important was the growth of the nation state as the locus of power. It is important to remember that this type of society, as all types, developed out of the experience of the people at the earlier stages. In this section we will sample upper middle class life in a Detroit suburb where upward social and economic mobility is a mainstay of life; a Pentecostal snake handling sect in West Virginia that illustrates the importance of bible based religion in the growth of this type of society; basic training in the US Army where the values of the nation state are transmitted; corporate development versus community values in a Polish neighborhood in Detroit; the values transmitted in a suburban high school in the early 1970s, and the imposition of US control and American values in the Panama Canal Zone. All of these films illustrate the importance of what has been called the Protestant Ethic in the expansion of capitalism and the industrial type society. It is important to view these films within the framework of the expanding industrial society and not see the behavior of the people as quirky and quaint. This is often difficult because we see these people who look just like us exhibiting sometimes strange, by our modern standards, behavior. At the same time, you will see a lot of yourself, and especially your parents in these films. Try to use these films to reflect on how you are alike and different from the people pictured in the films. See you next time. Technology doesn't solve all problems! First of all, I should say that this lesson will be highly speculative, and the theoretical position presented here is pretty much my own. The intellectual framework in which the lecture is couched is perhaps more in keeping with the method of the historian than with that of the pattern analyst who usually deals with these topics. I want to talk about the ideas that led up to the development of the Industrial/Early Modern type of society . What are these beliefs, and where do they come from? Let me propose some tentative answers. It seems to me that three historical developments have played a vital role in the emergence—not the causation, but the emergence—of this common set of beliefs. Furthermore, this emergence was not an abrupt transformation, but a slow process extending over several centuries and coming to some sort of culmination in the Industrial Revolution. What are the three?
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2011 for the course ANTH 2100 taught by Professor Hartman during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

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ANTH lesson 7 - Lesson 7 Hello again. We will now be...

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